UNESCO, Global Risk Forum to Cooperate on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

L-R: Walter Ammann, President, GRF Davos, and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General23 June 2011: Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General, and Walter Ammann, President of the Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos, have signed a Letter of Intent to formalize and extend their cooperation in the field of risk management and reduction.

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UNCTAD Public Symposium Discusses Transition to Green Economy [viewed]

UNCTAD23 June 2011: Panelists speaking at the third Public Symposium of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) discussed how the transition towards a green economy can be achieved in a manner that is fair and equitable, and supports efforts to raise living standards in developing countries.

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IDB Supports Lending for Green Projects in Latin America [viewed]

IDB23 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will lend US$50 million to the Portuguese financial institution Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento SA (BESI), which will in turn lend towards infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Latin America.

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World Bank, CIF Fund Climate Resilient Urban Improvements in the Caribbean [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved two projects in the Caribbean, amounting to US$47.12 million, to improve the safety of their buildings from the impacts of climate change and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks. The funding is from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which is geared toward vulnerable countries and small island developing States (SIDS).

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World Bank Finances Education for Low Carbon Development in Guyana [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank approved a US$10 million loan to strengthen Guyana's science and technology tertiary education and advance its Low Carbon Development Strategy, through funding provided by the International Development Association (IDA).

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UN-Energy Knowledge Network Publishes First Newsletter [viewed]

UN-Energy22 June 2011: UN-Energy's Knowledge Network has published the first issue of its newsletter, which features, inter alia: information and an interview on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy; a piece on the 2012 Year of Sustainable Energy for All; and a report on the e8 Global Summit.

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UNDP Highlights Role of Energy Access to Achieve the MDGs [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2011: Speaking at the Board for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Rebeca Grynspan, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, stressed the role of energy access for achieving sustainable human development and accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting it can help keep children in school, deliver health services, and free women from the burden of time-consuming domestic activities. 

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CPF Members Release Calendar of Year of Forests Events [viewed]

International Year of Forests 2011June 2011: The members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a consortium of 14 forest-related organizations and secretariats, have put together a joint calendar of thematic press releases to disseminate the activities taking place throughout the world to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

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Event: Initial Discussions on Zero Draft of UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

The initial discussions on the "zero draft" of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will take place from 25-27 January 2012, based on a decision taken by the UNCSD Bureau at its meeting on 22 December 2011. The zero draft will be based on a compilation of the input received by the UNCSD Secretariat from member States and other stakeholders by 1 November 2011.  

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Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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